My Ankle Story…

Patient: John Sugden
Physician: Ted C. Lai, DPM

Lai-JohnI had a bad ankle and hadn’t been able to walk
without it giving out for the last 15 years, until I met Dr. Lai!

I had been to a couple of doctors, but never got an answer I was comfortable with. They talked about bone grafts and ankle replacement or just plain fusing it. So, I continued to wrap it and wear high boots that laced up into the calf so I could walk.

I went to see Dr. Lai and told my wife, the first time he says six months on crutches, I am leaving. I told him what I had been through up to this point and he said he has new procedures that can be done and if the dead bone was my only problem I would be back on my feet in no time. I had torn all of the tendons and ligaments in the ankle as well as fracturing it at some point. He said he would fix the dead bone problem minimally invasively and then take the tendons and ligaments apart to weave them back together the way they belonged. He told me I would be non-weight bearing for 6-8 weeks on crutches and then in a boot for four months. This was a lot better than being non-weight bearing for a year, so I said let’s do it.

Two weeks after surgery I was on crutches, but could see progress was being made, soon after I started physical therapy.

“John attended Physical Therapy for just 6 weeks after an extensive ankle surgery. John worked hard in PT and performed his home exercises diligently. His hard work, dedication and willingness to push himself paid off with a much faster than expected recovery. With Dr. Lai’s approval he was able to move out of his cam boot and into his own shoes earlier than expected.  In that short 6 weeks John was able to get back to all of his daily activities. As a therapist it is very rewarding to be a part of someone’s care who works so hard and achieves their goals.”
Thomas Woods, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
NovaCare Rehabilitation, Northfield, NJ

Finally, for the first time in 15 years I am able to walk bending my ankle without pain and knowing it will hold me without falling!!!

Thank you Shore Ortho and Dr. Lai!!!!

Dr. Lai did a LOT of work in one operation, he is a wizard with ankles and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

John Sugden,
Mays Landing, NJ

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